Time Cockpit Blog

Time cockpit allows you to take notes during your daily work. Such a note often acts as a reminder for a certain action, task switch or event that is not automatically tracked but important for your time booking. Notes are typically created for the current point in time. This article shows how you can configure time cockpit to allow arbitrary timestamps in user notes.

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If you are using Team Foundation Server for your daily development and planning work time cockpit can provide you with some information from TFS via the signal trackers (e.g. checked in code). Using python scripting and the TFS client SDK you can also query the work items for your projects and store them as time cockpit tasks. This will allow you keep track of your working time based on TFS projects and work items.

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Time cockpit allows you to assign time bookings to tasks and projects. If you are using JIRA for planning and bug tracking, this article shows you how to import issues from JIRA into time cockpit in order to use them for time booking. This can be achieved by using the REST API provided by JIRA and a small python script in time cockpit.

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Time cockpit can assist you in keeping track of your phone calls. By using two simple and free apps you can set up automatic synchronization from your Android phone, to cloud storage, to your desktop and into time cockpit.

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It is easy to create small scripts to automate tasks or extend time cockpit's functionality. When the requirements and scripts grow more complex step-debugging and a REPL are desirable features we do not (yet) provide within time cockpit. This post shows how these features can be set up using Visual Studio or other development environments.

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Using just around 100 lines of code, basic customer master data can be imported from SharePoint to time cockpit. This can be achieved by using IronPython, the .net BCL and the SharePoint 2010 REST interface.

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Third-party .net assemblies can be easily used from IronPython. If the external assembly relies on a companion .exe.config/app.config file, a config for ipy.exe or an IInternalConfigSystem-implementation is required.

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Python in Time Cockpit 1.7

Simon Opelt Sunday, January 22, 2012 by Simon Opelt

With the release of time cockpit 1.7 we are happy to ship IronPython 2.7.1 as our scripting environment. This release significantly simplifies the use of LINQ by fixing an issue we identified and reported about ten months ago. It is now possible to import, transparently use and chain together calls to extension methods which LINQ heavily relies on.

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Just a quick heads up: "Administrator" is not the best user name you could try to use for Windows Azure Remote Desktop connections.

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Upon popular request I would like to explain the current possibilities and limitations of time cockpit in advanced multi-user scenarios like using Remote Desktop Services or sharing workstations (using user switching).

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